Sport Industry NextGen open for entries

11 Aug 2015

By: Sport Industry Group

Sport Industry Group and Barclays have launched a new platform which will identify, reward and nurture tomorrow’s leaders within sport: Sport Industry NextGen, in partnership with Barclays.

Recognising that sport with ethical and honest leaders at the helm can have a profound, positive and transformative effect on the world it inhabits, Sport Industry Group and Barclays will work with the wider industry to recognise and mentor the individuals who will be responsible for guiding the future of the sport industry.

To embrace the challenge of helping to identify and nurture the future leaders of the sport industry, the inaugural Sport Industry NextGen Awards will be held in London on Wednesday 27th January 2016 and entries are now open at www.sportindustry.biz/NextGen

The Sport Industry NextGen Awards will reward entrants across the following six categories: AgencyAthletesBrandEntrepreneurMedia and Rights Holder. Split into two phases, the judging process will first draw up a shortlist of five entrants per category based on an initial online entry. The second stage will see the thirty selected Finalists face interviews and further assessment from influential figures from across the sport industry during an educational working session, created to help them address the key issues facing leadership in the sport industry.

The judges for the Awards are a group of experts and leaders with a wealth of experience spanning multiple key sectors and ages, they include: Alastair Campbell, writer and communications expert; Sir Keith Mills, entrepreneur and deputy chairman of LOCOG; Maggie Alphonsi, women’s England and Saracens player; Nathan Homer, head of global sponsorship and partnerships, Barclays; René Carayol, CEO, Inspired Leaders Network; Sophie Goldschmidt, chief commercial officer, RFU; Kate Robertson, co-founder, One Young World; Jackie Brock-Doyle, chairman, Good Relations; Matt Clifford, co-founder and CEO, Entrepreneur First; Alexandra Chalat, managing director, thinkBeyond; Leon Mann, sports journalist; Matt Kepple, founder, Makerble and Brie Rogers Lowery, country director, Change.org.

The six category Winners will be recognised at the Sport Industry NextGen Awards ceremony, held on the same evening as the working session.

Finalists and Winners will receive three key areas of support to better equip them for future leadership roles, including; specialist business training from Barclays and other Sport Industry NextGen’s partners, membership to René Carayol’s Inspired Leaders Network, a 24 hour Army leadership experience with the Inspirational Development Group, in association with the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, regular professional networking opportunities via access to the multiple events within the Sport Industry Group portfolio, and personal development and mentoring from a selected range of influential leaders within sport.

Commenting on Sport Industry NextGen, Nathan Homer, Barclays head of global sponsorship said: “Through our current sponsorships and our community initiatives Barclays has been putting an increasing emphasis on helping the next generation gain important work and life skills so that they can go on to be successful in whichever walk of life they choose.

“The Sport Industry NextGen Awards take this to the next level within sport where we actively seek to help to support and mentor the next generation of sport’s leaders. Those who will be making sport a leading industry for years to come.

“Working with Sport Industry Group allows us to reach out to a wide audience of potential leaders, and will also provide meaningful support and help to identify and nurture them.”

Nick Keller, chairman, Sport Industry Group, added: “Sport is constantly under the microscope which is why it’s essential that we have excellent leadership.  

“Sport therefore has the ability and the duty to actively demonstrate outstanding leadership; Sport Industry NextGen, in partnership with Barclays provides a platforms that will unearth and nurture the next generation of talent who will take our industry to new heights.”